Microsoft disses Pocket PC owners (again)

Geekzone has reported on a new service from Microsoft available today that promises to provide downloadable video for PlaysForSure qualified devices.  The MSN Video Downloads service will offer a one-year premium membership for a flat fee of $19.95 that gets you access to all content on the site and a free service that will get you a limited amount of downloadable video.  The service is intended to provide content for Portable Media Center devices with  "full Smartphone and Pocket PC optimization to be enabled at a later date".  And therein lies the rub.  The service requires Windows Media Player 10 which current Pocket PC owners cannot get.  Only a couple of new Windows Mobile devices are shipping with WMP 10 which leaves the vast majority of the large installed user base out in the cold.  Again.  I hope I am wrong about this because all current Windows Mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition provide excellent video playback but it looks like they won’t be able to use this new service from Microsoft.  Shame, shame.

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